Flora & Fauna
Australia is a land like no other.
As a result of our geographic isolation more than 80 per cent of our flowering plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are unique to Australia, along with most of our freshwater fish and almost half of our birds.
We have more than 4000 fish species, 1700 coral species, 370 species of mammals, 820 species of birds, 300 species of lizards, 140 species of snakes and two species of crocodiles. Among Australia’s best-known animals are the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat.
An estimated 27,700 plant species vary across our many different natural environments; from tropical rainforests, stony inland deserts, alpine meadows and sandy heath lands. Gum trees (eucalypts) are the tree most commonly associated with Australia and make up almost 80 per cent of our forests and another common plant, the golden wattle, is Australia’s floral emblem.